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Tropical Adventure - Family holiday
Transport - Minibus, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotels (7nts)
Meals - 7 breakfasts.
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Arrive into San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city and make your way to your hotel, located in San Jose downtown where you spent your first night on your Costa Rican Adventure. Hotel Tryp Sabana (AAA) - 1 night
Today , after breakfast enjoy a morning hike through the spectacular scenery of Poas Volcano National Park. Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor's center, the main crater supplies guests with a spectacular view. At almost a mile in diameter (1.6 km), the crater's rain-fed sulfuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air, reminding you of its imposing activity. Although the last major eruption was in 1910, visitors can still see geysers explode into the air up to 820 ft (250 m) high. You then transfer to La Fortuna where the Arenal Volcano is located.
Hotel San Bosco (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
This morning you will hike to the Arenal Volcano National Park. The park is home to Costa Rica’s most active volcano and is also rich in flora and fauna. The scenery consists of primary cloud forest, rivers, volcanoes and rainforest. In the afternoon you will have time to explore La Fortuna area of if you are still hungry for adventure, a full range of optional activities can be arranged. (B)
Today you transfer along the Arenal Lake - a famous hangout for avid windsurfers - via Tilaran to Monteverde de Santa Elena (approx 4-5 hours). There are some great views across the lake looking back towards the Arenal Volcano as well as some arty wayside stopping points offering great homemade cakes and refreshments. As you climb up to Monteverde you’ll feel the climate becoming cooler and see the difference as the vegetation changes from tropical to cloudforest. On the surrounding hills are a number of coffee plantations as the area is famous for producing some of the best coffee beans in the country, with many of the growers belonging to fair-trade co-operatives. In the afternoon there may be time to visit a butterfly farm (optional).
Hotel El Establo (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Monteverde was founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers; they cleared virgin forest to create verdant pastures ideal for dairy farming. These environmentally aware settlers were conscious of the danger that unrestricted farming could cause to this precious habitat. Consequently they established a small privately-owned wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown to become the internationally-renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Preserve. Variation in temperature and rainfall in this area creates eight distinct habitats covering both the Atlantic and Pacific slopes of the mountains.
Today you explore the forest which is home to the reclusive resplendent quetzal, the blue-crowned motmot, the emerald toucanet and some 30 species of iridescent hummingbird - to cite but a few of the 400-odd bird species recorded here! As if this were not enough, more than 100 mammal species, 1200 amphibian and reptile species and many thousands of insect species live here, all in addition to an astonishing variety of plant life.
One of the highlights for many is the chance to see the forest from the height of the canopy instead of always looking up into the trees. As an included activity you will walk across hanging bridges (Sky Walk) suspended through the trees. It’s not designed for vertigo suffers but provides a fantastic chance to get in amongst the foliage and experience the forest from a great vantage point!
Monteverde also has a number of other optional activities you may be interested in doing including horse riding, visiting orchid farms and the thrilling ‘Sky Trek’ where you zipline with harnesses on ropes between platforms in the trees. The afternoon is left free for you to take part in these activities (B)
Monteverde; Manuel Antonio
On departing Monteverde you descend to the Pan-American Highway which you follow southward across the flat coastal plain. Your journey takes you along a coastline of fine sand beaches, separated by the occasional area of mangrove and endless plantations of African palm. Your journey ends in arguably the most fanous of all of Costa Rican locations; Manual Antonio. (approx. 6 hours drive plus stops).
Hotel Los Almendros (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio NP stands a few kilometres south of Quepos on the beach lined shores of the Pacific. Its magical beaches and abundant forests make a stunning finale to your trip in this great setting. During your time in the region you’ll enjoy a three-hour guided walk along the trails within the park and have plenty of time to relax on one of the idyllic palm-lined bays, with the ocean crashing in on the beach and white-faced capuchin monkeys peering out from the trees.
Manuel Antonio; San jose
The morning is free to enjoy this beautiful area for one last time. After lunch you will be transferred back to San Jose for your final night in Costa Rica before your trip finishes after breakfast the following day. (B)
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
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